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In Brief This Week: Sigma-Aldrich; Cyntellect; MIT

By a GenomeWeb staff reporter

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Sigma-Aldrich has launched a new life sciences brand platform in an effort to "elevate the company's current focus on biology and provide a single destination where researchers can access" biological knowledge, products, and technologies, the firm said in a statement this week. The new "Where Bio Begins" brand is meant to bring attention to the firm's biology focus.


Cyntellect will provide researchers at Harvard University and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute with its Leap Cell Processing Workstation. The researchers will work with Cyntellect's Stem Cell Manager on the Leap Workstation for projects aimed at selectively processing stem cells to "define the factors and mechanisms that regulate the migration, expansion, and regenerative potential of adult blood-forming and muscle-forming stem cells."


The David H. Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has received funding from the National cancer Institute to become a Center for Cancer Systems Biology. The MIT institute is one of 11 to be named centers. It did not disclose the amount of funding it received from NCI.

The Scan

More Boosters for US

Following US Food and Drug Administration authorization, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has endorsed booster doses of the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson SARS-CoV-2 vaccines, the Washington Post writes.

From a Pig

A genetically modified pig kidney was transplanted into a human without triggering an immune response, Reuters reports.

For Privacy's Sake

Wired reports that more US states are passing genetic privacy laws.

Science Paper on How Poaching Drove Evolution in African Elephants

In Science this week: poaching has led to the rapid evolution of tuskless African elephants.